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What goes around

I had things to do yesterday morning but, despite this, fortunately found myself back home in time to settle in for Prime Minister’s Question Time as broadcast by the Daily Politics show on BBC2. We are of course now in General Election campaigning mode and it was perhaps inevitable that the [...]

February 12, 2015 // 0 Comments

Every side needs one like this

Today a salute to long-serving lock George Robson, 29, who – it has just been announced on the Harlequins official club website – is departing at the end of the season to join French Top 14 side Oyonnaix. During the course of his career ‘The Goatman’ (as he is known for reasons lost in time [...]

February 12, 2015 // 0 Comments

TV-happy and proud of it

I’m relatively unapologetic about the fact that, over the decades, I have gradually become less and less inclined to attend sporting occasions in person. When my brother announced with excitement that he had secured tickets to three different sports at the 2012 Olympics, including – depending [...]

February 11, 2015 // 0 Comments

Outsider in a different world

Yesterday I drove my father to his old college in a senior British university for a donor’s club lunch. It was a fascinating but unworldly experience at which I should estimate the average age of the guests was about 60, but only that low because about 30% of them were current students. [...]

February 8, 2015 // 0 Comments

Does it always have to come to this?

It ill bodes anyone to write off one of the all-time sporting greats, not least for fear of one’s words coming back to bite one on the bum. However, today I read about Tiger Woods’ ignominious retirement with a back injury from the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines after just ten holes [...]

February 6, 2015 // 0 Comments

Hopeless hype

We are nine days away from the outdated annual ritual of Valentine’s Day – and before anyone suggests it, my somewhat jaundiced view of the tradition has nothing whatsoever to do with the fact that the last time my husband last ‘made a meal of it’ (literally or otherwise) was so long ago [...]

February 5, 2015 // 0 Comments

90-odd days and counting

Yesterday, on behalf of the cause, I made a point of watching BBC2’s Daily Politics at noon, then the first programme in Michael Cockerell’s four-part series on Inside The Commons at 9.00pm, followed by the first episode of Rory Bremner’s Coalition Report at 10.00pm. The latter two are part [...]

February 4, 2015 // 0 Comments

Reaching your limit

Like probably millions of others, I spent a couple of hours yesterday morning flicking through the Sunday papers whilst tuned to BBC1, watching Andy Murray’s enthralling but ultimately futile attempt to win the 2015 Australian Open. In truth, Murray’s loss in four sets – ending with him [...]

February 2, 2015 // 0 Comments

A way to go yet

Last night, after supervising our family evening meal 45 minutes earlier than is normal, I settled down in the study to watch the Irish Wolfhounds rugby match against England Saxons being played in Cork on Sky Sports 2. In particular, I was keen to assess the progress of the latest ‘Great White [...]

January 31, 2015 // 0 Comments

An unhelpful survey

I found the report in yesterday’s Daily Telegraph entitled Age is no barrier to an active sex life for sprightly over-80s somewhat distasteful and disappointing. According to a survey of more than 7,000 elderly people conducted by Manchester University’s School of Social Science, as part of the [...]

January 30, 2015 // 0 Comments

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